Coaching Session – 01 Nov 2016

Coaching Session – 01 Nov 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

01 Nov

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 26 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

26th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 12 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

12th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us a handcyclingedinburgh.org

Links and online resources

For those times when you need a handcycling resource but just can’t find it, the following continually developing list should help you out.

If you find a link that isn’t working or you have a resource you’d like to add, please let us know at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Organisations

Handcycling Edinburgh

HCAUK – Handcycling Association UK

Scottish Cycling

British Cycling

Lothian Disability Sport

Sportscotland

European Handcycling Federation

Handcycles to use

Clyde Muirshiels Regional Park, Castle Semple

Handcycle Manufacturers

Carbonbike

Lasher Sport

Maddiline

Quickie

Schmicking

Sport-on

Top End

Wolturnus

Social Media

Handcycling UK – Facebook

Parts and Supplies

Coming Soon

Cycle path reviews – coming soon!

Have you ever been out on your handbike and suddenly realised that the cycle path you’re on is impassable? Disappointing isn’t it?

Not only can this spoil your ride or damage your handbike, but it can also become difficult to get out of depending on your level of mobility and the space you have on the trail.

Well, getting stuck on a cycle path has happened to each of us here at Handcycling Edinburgh and we’re aiming to make our sorrow your joy.

From the gate that is locked or unreachable, to the chicanes that are too closely spaced, to the speedbumps that are too high, or even a flight of stairs, there are many potential obstacles to one handbike or another that will make a cycle path impassable.

Handcycling Edinburgh is creating a database of the characteristics and obstacles that any handcyclist may find on any one of the many cycle paths that are out there. As part of our continued evolution, we’ll be sharing our observations through cycle path reviews to help you find enjoyable and obstacle free paths to ride.

If you encounter any obstacles that we haven’t sported or you have a handcycle that is particularly susceptible to certain types of obstacles, please let us know at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org.

Wondering where to ride?

Have you been wondering just where to ride your handcycle?

It can be tricky if you’re not used to riding on the roads, don’t know the cycle paths, or maybe you’re just not comfortable riding in and amongst traffic.

Well, as part of the evolution of Handcycling Edinburgh, we plan to map out various routes in the local and not so local areas that are conducive to riding with a handbike.

From short easy routes, to those further afield, and those that may require more experience; we plan on finding the routes that you, our fellow handcyclist, would like to ride.

Recently, the handcycling Edinburgh team has been riding a number of local routes in addition to routes spanning from Lanark to Inverness on the roads and on cycle paths. We’ve even been riding in the hills and from these rides; we’ll bring you maps, elevation profiles, and evaluations to help you find great places to ride.

If you have any areas that you are interested in, drop us a line at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org.

Paralympics GB Carnival – 18 Sept 2016

Tomorrow is the big day, the day the Paralympics GB Carnival arrives in Edinburgh!

From 10am – 5pm on The Mound, there will be a carnival showcasing many of the events you’ve probably been seeing over the last two weeks at the Paralympics.

Handcycling Edinburgh will be representing handcycling and this will be your chance to come by and have a chat with us to see what we’re all about. You’ll also be able to see a selection of handcycles that are available. But even better, we will have two bikes set up on rollers for you to try!

So, once you’ve tried the handcycling game, come on over and see us and have a shot on one of our handcycles.

While you’re there, stop by and sign up for our upcoming taster session at Ingliston, to be held on 05 November.

Along with the cycling, you’ll also be able to check out Wheelchair Basketball and Tennis, Rowing, Shooting, Goal ball, Sitting Volleyball, and more!

For more information please see:
Paralympics GB Carnival Edinburgh
Paralympics GB Carnival

 

Special thanks to David and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Castle Semple for the use of one of their bikes for the day.
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Paralympic carnival flyer

Tribord Neoprene Boots

Tribord Neoprene Boots

Review by Ken

 

What to wear, what to wear? That is the question on the minds of probably every cyclist before they hit the road. Typically the decision of what to wear when you ride comes down to whether or not the item fulfils some practical or necessary requirement. Sure, fashion plays a strong part but let’s save the controversial debates over the merits of orange vs blue pin striping for later.

 

Often there are padded shorts for comfort, gloves for grip, breathable waterproof jacket for those rainy days out, and cleated shoes to maximise efficiency of pedalling. These are just some of the typical things you might find in many cyclists wardrobe. In fact, many of the typical cycling clothes translate over to handcycling very well. But what about those pesky cleats?

 

If you know anything at all about hand cycling, you’ll know that your feet don’t really do anything at all (that is, if you have them. And if you don’t, well, the rest of this is just pure entertainment for you). Typically your feet just stick out front, hanging on, and enjoying the ride. Of course with some mountain bikes your feet typically stick out back, but that’s splitting hairs really.

 

So, what does the avid handcyclist do to accessorize and protect their feet? I had that very question until a riding colleague suggested neoprene diving boots and once I tried them, I never looked back.

neoprene booties top

neoprene boots top

When I started riding, I simply used regular shoes on both the road and in the mountains. Amongst the issues that I found were that regular shoes were heavy, and every time I hit a bump my foot would thrash about which, for me, was very painful. Additionally, on my road bike, they didn’t quite fit into the footrests easily and securely and I’ll admit I was often worried about the possible interaction with my feet and a fast spinning spoked wheel. And then I rode in the rain with shoes… Not only did they get soaked through, but they got incredibly heavy with all the water, very cold and exceptionally uncomfortable.

 

Once I switched to neoprene boots, I found that riding was much more comfortable. My feet not only fit into the footrests easily, but I could also slip them into the securing straps and that eliminated the fear of contact with the wheel, but also made me feel more connected and engaged with my bike.

 

With the light weight boots, my feet also stopped getting bounced around as much and a surprise perk came with the mountain bike. Where previously it was easy to have branches and brambles snag the laces on my shoes an pull at my feet, with the boots, those same plants simply slide right off.

 

Rain and mud are fantastic as well. I’ve ridden in both, and the waterproof neoprene keeps both rain and mud on the outside and the tight fitting seal around the ankle prevents either of those from dripping in.

neoprene booties top and bottom

neoprene boots top and bottom

Ideally, when fitting the neoprene boots, you want a snug fit which can make putting them on difficult if you have any issues with your feet. Luckily, they are flexible enough that the can be rolled on, to a degree, and peeling them off is exceptionally easy by rolling off.

 

The neoprene boots are entirely waterproof and that waterproof nature means that they don’t breathe – at all. So, your feet will get damp from sweat but not near as much as if they were exposed to a rain shower. Since the booties don’t breathe, they will stay very warm, though. Damp and temperature, as well as some issue with putting the boots on and taking them off can be improved by wearing socks. Personally, I wear an Alpaca blend sock (review coming soon) that is incredibly soft to the touch, keep my feet exceptionally warm, and also stay fresh.

Care for the boots is very simple as well. Firstly, after each ride, turn them inside out and hang them up to dry. I’ve found that a trouser hanger with clips works perfectly for this job. Allow the inside to dry fully before turning them inside in. Personally, I just leave them inside out when I’m not using them. The outside can be washed simply by wiping with a damp cloth and leaving them to dry.

 

The boots I tested are Tribord, and can be purchased form Decathlon. There are three versions that differ in the thickness of the sole from 2 – 5 mm. I found that the middle thickness of sole, 3mm provided the best balance in flexibility and resistance to obstacles. At roughly £12 per pair, they are a great, inexpensive alternative to regular shoes for many types of handcycling and after four months of use, are showing little wear and I expect they will hold up for quite some time. Available in EU sizes, 34 – 49.

 

Pros:

Light weight and compact

Very inexpensive

Keeps your feet warm

 

Cons:

Thin sole means that if you can walk with them, you will feel everything you step on, and a lot of walking will wear the sole out

Snug fit could be an issue if you have any pain considerations

Your feet will get damp (but less so than if it rains, and at least it’s warm)

 

 

This review is completely independent and based on individual experience. It is not sponsored by any retailer or manufacturer and the opinions shared are solely those of the reviewer.

 

Coaching Session – 11 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

11th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org

Coaching Session – 04 Oct 2016

Our training/ ride sessions with Jane Egan and Ride63 continue on

4th Oct

As an expansion of the training programme, these may occur at Emirates Stadium, Castle Semple, or as a ride at Greenock Cut. These are weather dependant and the location of each even will be announced closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact us a info@handcyclingedinburgh.org